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Bookcover Stalinism Reloaded. Everyday Life in Stalin-City, Hungary

Sándor Horváth

Stalinism Reloaded

Everyday Life in Stalin-City, Hungary

Indiana University Press
ISB 978-02-5302-681-1
Bloomington and Indianapolis, 2017
312 pages

By focusing on the everyday experiences of citizens, Horváth considers the contradictions in the Stalinist policies and the strategies these bricklayers, bureaucrats, shop girls, and even children put in place in order to cope with and shape the expectations of the state. Stalinism Reloaded reveals how the state influenced marriage patterns, family structure, and gender relations. While the devastating effects of this regime are considered, a convincing case is made that ordinary citizens had significant agency in shaping the political policies that governed them.